Prioritising and planning your days is an essential tool.
Make a list of things you would like to do but remember to be flexible. It is a great way to set yourself a starting point, for example:
- Monday AM
vacuum the living room and have a couple of breaks so that I pace myself.
- Monday PM
prepare food for evening meal - sit down to do this.
- Tuesday AM
go swimming, meet friend for a coffee - practise some relaxation when I get home.
- Tuesday PM
I write an activity plan for next day.
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- Pete Says:
- I had to learn how to prioritise and plan out my days as I was very a 'I've got to get all this done now' thinker. When I learned how prioritise my activities and plan out my days, it helped me to feel less stressed and of course reduced my pain. I was able to spread out what I had to do throughout the day. View the video here for more about prioritising and plan out your days
- Frances Says:
- The more your mind says "got to get this done" the more it is a trigger to stop, plan and do the most important things to do. It turns out it is way more kind and helpful to you and your sensitive pain system as it is less stressful.
- Bronnie Says:
- It's worth thinking about what’s important about the activities you do. Sometimes you can choose to do something differently but still get the job done. For example you can have an easy meal prepared for the days you know you’ll be extra busy. Think about your whole week rather than each day at a time so you can plan for days that might be a bit more demanding and days that might be less so. Using a smartphone alarm to remind you when to take a break or change tasks is very helpful if you forget!
- Linda Says:
- I keep a "to do" list, but instead of trying to do everything at once, I now highlight what's important and have learned that some things just have to wait.
- Mike Says:
- Without a plan it is easy to get carried away and overdo things. By planning and prioritising, you can do the meaningful things in life without the frustration that painful flare-ups often bring.